Multi-Disciplinary Design Projects

If you are a student interested in design, look no further than the Multidisciplinary Design program, or MDD, which is part of the College of Architecture and Planning. They teach every aspect of design, and every year, juniors and seniors get to develop real products around a theme. The 2016-17 theme was “adaptive future.” “The […]

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Purifying Blood with Nanoparticles

Caleb Johnson is an undergraduate chemical engineering student, focusing on biology. With professor Agnes Ostafin’s help, he tested the production of nanoparticles that purify blood and is developing a pilot-scale device that will perform this for commercial medical use. Using stable nanoparticles made out of gold, Johnson and Ostafin created chemical combinations that have exteriors […]

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Wedging the Internal Gap

As a biomedical engineering major, Brian Cottle, in his sophomore year at the U, developed “The Wedge.” It is used for abdominal muscle endurance testing in clinics that study intra-abdominal pressure. It allows clinics to consistently measure someone’s abdominal strength. You’re probably wondering, “What’s the point?” According to the National Center for Health, 24 percent […]

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A Cup for Better Diagnosis

A wireless urine flow meter system leveraging cloud-hosting, smart phones and patented capacitance-based sensors by Stream DX has transformed a standard in-clinic urology procedure into a simple, at-home test to improve diagnosis and monitoring of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), affecting more than 16.5M patients in the U.S. “This will improve quality and efficiency of […]

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No Soil Required

Imagine a garden in your home that requires no soil. Georgie Corkery, an environmental and sustainability studies and urban ecology major with a minor in design, spent her summer researching this idea, known as hydroponic lighting. Steve Burin, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the U, helped mentor Corkery through the research. “Hydroponic […]

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The Art of Foster Care

When you start a new class, you don’t usually expect to end that class with your own benefit corporation. For Daniel Hirst, an electrical engineering major, Meghan Pollard, a marketing major, and Caden Gregorie, an entrepreneurship major, that’s exactly what happened. During the spring semester of 2016, these three students fell on the idea of […]

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